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By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published April 4, 2013 at 2:52 a.m.

Student showcase

Five finalists, representing colleges and universities across Arkansas, compete for cash prizes and a career boost in the sixth annual “Trinity Presents … Collegiate Performance Showcase,” 6 p.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1101 Mississippi St., Little Rock.

The lineup: Pianist Amy Frenzel, University of Arkansas, will play the Ballade No. 2 in b minor by Franz Liszt.

Violinist Rachel Herman, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (and for two years concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra), and pianist Amy Au will play the Chaconne in g minor by Tommaso Vitali.

Pianist Masaru Sakuma, University of Central Arkansas, will play the Prelude and Fugue in f-sharp minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II by Johann Sebastian Bach and Liszt’s Transcendental Etude No. 10.

Soprano Caitlin Secrest, Ouachita Baptist University, with pianist Phyllis Walker, will sing “Tarantelle” by Georges Bizet and the arias “Prendi, per me sei libero” from L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti and “Glitter and Be Gay” from Candide by Leonard Bernstein.

Soprano Bethany Swiontek, Ouachita Baptist University, also with Walker, will sing “Oh, Robert, Robert” from Robert Le Diable by Giacomo Meyerbeer; “With You” by David A. Stewart and Glenn Ballard from Ghost: The Musical and “If You Hadn’t But You Did” by Jule Styne from Two on the Aisle.

Oboist Andreas Oeste, winner of the 2012 showcase, will also perform, announcing his program from the stage. Admission is free. Call (501) 666-2813. Musical Pirates

University of Central Arkansas Opera Theatre students will play musical pirates, maidens and policemen in Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Admission is free. Call (501) 450-5762 or (501) 450-5760.

Mass-ive Bach

The University of Arkansas Community Chorus and members of the chorus of Second Presbyterian Church choir will offer “An Evening of Bach” at 7:30 p.m. today at the church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock. The program will include portions of J.S. Bach’s Mass in b minor, BWV 232, interleaved with organ pieces and instrumental concertos. Bevan Keating conducts the singers and an orchestra made up primarily of Arkansas Symphony members and UALR students and faculty. Tickets are $10. Call (501) 569-8993 or visit

Octopus vs. Lemur!

Red Octopus Theater performers find their inner animal in a new sketch comedy show titled Lemur!, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and April 11-13 at the Public Theatre, 616 Center St., Little Rock. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $10, $8 for senior citizens, military and students, and the show is recommended for mature audiences only. Call (501) 291-3896, e-mail or visit

Blues on the levee

Bluesman Jimmy Hall and blues band Wet Willie headline a “Live on the Levee” concert with “special guests” the Jack Rowell Jr. Band at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Malco Theater, 422 Cherry St., Helena-West Helena. The concert series is a partnership between King Biscuit Blues Festival, Sonny Boy Blues Society and the Delta Bridge Project. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $30; call (870) 572-5223 or visit

Children’s artwork

Artworks by students in public and private schools in grades 4-8 within 60 miles of Jonesboro and area home schooled students go on display in an exhibit titled “Through a Child’s Eyes XXVII,” opening Sunday at Arkansas State University Museum, in the west wing of the Dean B. Ellis Library at ASU, 320 University Loop, Jonesboro.

A panel of judges will choose award-winners from among the 280 entries from children in 30 schools, plus two home-schooled students, passing out first, second and third place ribbons at each grade level. An overall winner will receive the Charlott Jones Best in Show Award, and the museum’s Acquisition Committee will buy some pieces at $50 each. The presentation ceremony will be at 1 p.m.Sunday in the museum lobby. Admission is free.

The exhibit will be up through May 1. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday.Admission is free. Call (870) 972-2074.

Poet on campus

Louise Gluck, former U.S. Poet Laureate, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and this year’s Murphy Visiting Poet at Hendrix College, will read from and discuss her work at 7:30 p.m. today in Reves Recital Hall at Hendrix, 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. A book signing and reception will follow in the nearby Trieschmann Gallery. Admission is free. Call (501) 450-4597 or visit

Russellville paintings

Paintings by Russellville artist Arden Boyce go on display with an opening reception, 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center, 1001 E. B St., Russellville. The exhibition will remain up through April. Admission is free. Call (479) 968-2452 or visit

Anime festival

Tia Ballard, a voice actress for FUNimation Entertainment whose credits include Happy in Fairy Tales, Eris in Cat Planet Cuties, Shao May in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Maria Nanadan in Tenchi Muyo!: War on Geminar, will be the guest of honor at the Arkansas Anime Festival, Friday-Sunday at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center, 1500 S. 48th St., Springdale. Also on the guest list: martial arts instructors Samurai Dan and Lady Jillian. Hours are tentatively set for 3-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission for the weekend is $40, $30 for children; day passes are $20 and $15 Friday and Sunday, $25 and $20 Saturday. Call (479) 443-7533 or visit

Weekend, Pages 33 on 04/04/2013




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